Education: Teaching Children at Home

Believing they can do it better, parents shun schools

Educational Theorist John Holt, author of Why Children Fail, used to tour the lecture circuit trying to persuade elementary and secondary schools to ease rigid rules and cut red tape. No longer. Despairing of reform within the nation's educational establishment, Holt has now decided to proselytize among parents, urging them to keep their children out of school and teach them at home.

Though Holt's message flies in the face of a century-old tradition, home schooling was much more common during earlier centuries; its notable graduates include the...

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